Royals at Giants - 10/24/14 World Series Pick, Odds, Prediction
Kansas City Royals (89-73) at San Francisco Giants (88-74)
MLB Baseball: Friday
Jeremy Guthrie (R) (13-11) (4.030) vs. Tim Hudson (R) (9-13) (3.547)
The Line: San Francisco Giants -125 / Kansas City Royals +115 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants play game three of the World Series Friday night at AT&T Park.
The Kansas City Royals really exploded in game two, producing 10 hits and seven runs to tie the series up. The victory was pretty much how the Royals have played throughout the entire postseason, as they’ve now won 11 of their last 13 games when scoring more than three runs. Forget the stolen bases, the Royals have been on a tear with power and clutch hitting, as Alcides Escobar has a seven-game hitting streak, Billy Butler has seven RBIs in the playoffs and Omar Infante hit his first homerun since August 13th. The Kansas City Royals pitching also stepped up by striking out the Giants eight times and not allowing a run in the final five innings. Taking the hill Friday for KC is Jeremy Guthrie, who is 13-11 with a 4.13 ERA and has 124 strikeouts in 202.2 innings. In the postseason, Guthrie is 0-0 with a 1.80 ERA and has two strikeouts in five innings.
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With the loss, the San Francisco Giants four-game winning streak comes to an end and the seven runs were the most they’ve allowed in the playoffs. The two runs scored were also the fewest the Giants have produced since game three of the NLDS against the Nationals. Of course, the Giants have no reason to panic with their experience and the fact their entire starting lineup produced a hit. Hunter Pence has three hits in the World Series, Buster Posey has gotten on base in 11 of 12 games and Brandon Belt has seven RBIs in the postseason. Getting the ball for the Giants Friday is Tim Hudson, who is 9-13 with a 3.57 ERA and has 120 strikeouts in 189.1 innings. In this postseason, Hudson is 0-0 with a 3.29 ERA and has 13 strikeouts in 13.2 innings.
The Royals are 9-1 in their last 10 playoff games, 38-18 in their last 56 road games and 5-1 in Guthries last 6 road starts. The Giants are 6-0 in their last 6 World Series home games, 20-6 in their last 26 home games and 2-5 in Hudsons last 7 starts. The Royals are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
Hudson was very shaky his last time out and he has a 3-4 record all time against the Royals. I picked the Royals to win this series and with them getting the plus money, I have to continue riding that value.